The MSAH and its Preparedness Unit oversees and coordinates preparedness for special situations and emergency conditions concerning social and health care. The aim is to safeguard the social and health services and the functional capacity of the population in all situations.

In line with legislation, the social and health authorities, institutions, private sector operators and NGOs ensure together that they can operate as unhindered as possible, including in emergency conditions. This involves prior preparations, training and standby planning.

Assisting with this is the Advisory Board for Health and Welfare in Emergency Conditions, a committee appointed by the government. 

For information on comprehensive security and overall government strategy for safeguarding the functions vital to society, please see


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